CES: Toyota and Ford Push Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Toyota's e Palette concept vehicle

Toyota is sinking $1 billion into self-driving technology.

Toyota revealed a self-driving auto that may be used to not only deliver pizza - but possibly cook pizza - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday.

As everyone who's caught up on the new Black Mirror episodes knows, the self-driving Pizza Hut delivery vehicle is striking similar to technology featured in the season 4 episode "Crocodile". "We are about making it easier to get a better pizza and Toyota is about providing mobility for all". Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond.

"This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers".

The vehicle will be electric and fully autonomous with a low floor and open interior space allowing it to fulfill a number of different purposes.

CES: Toyota and Ford Push Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
CES: Toyota and Ford Push Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Toyota will design the vehicle with input from companies like Amazon, Didi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber.

Then today at CES, Ford announced a partnership with delivery service Postmates to test out self-driving deliveries.

Akio Toyoda, President, TMC, revealed that the new e-Palette alliance will leverage Toyota's Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose-built vehicle. These mobile stores will help businesses to reach hitherto underserved areas, thereby expanding their consumer base.

The "e-Palette" vehicle platform features a boxy electric-powered minibus created to handle deliveries or even bring retail services to consumers, but can also be used for ridesharing and other purposes.

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